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DSCF2520Many of our bat species in the UK use trees throughout the year to roost in.  Prior to the development of the countryside by man and the subsequent increase in buildings and other artificial structures suitable for roosting bats, the tree was a primary source of potential roost features (PRF).  A PRF can be anything from the obvious rot cavity in a main trunk of a tree to a woodpecker hole out on a limb; from thick ivy to peeled bark.  A bat needs a dry space where it can tuck itself DSCF2531away.  A basic rule is if you can get your thumb in it, it’s big enough for a bat.

The only way to have confidence in the results of a survey for a bat roost in a tree is for the surveyor to get up into it.  Although an assessment of the potential for a tree to support roosting bats can be made from the ground the only real way to survey a potential roost feature for roosting bats is to conduct an aerial survey.

Our bat specialist is both licensed (NE, SNH and CCW; including the use of endoscopes) and trained to conduct aerial inspections of potential roost features (PRF) using both rope and harness (NPTC CS38) and a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP IPAF 3a/3b).  We can provide specialist assistance to tree surgeons carrying out emergency tree work or to developments where an assessment of tree usage by bats is required.

Our bat specialist is also available to provide instruction on Bats and Arboriculture awareness to tree workers who might need to brush up on their bat knowledge.

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